Before I got pregnant, I was prepared for the typical symptoms I knew that I would face. The so-tired-you-could-cry feeling, the morning sickness that left little food to be desired and the other aches and pains that are often associated with growing a babe. I never really had easy pregnancies when it came to the nausea and vomiting, the last one being the worst and now, I am finding the “morning sickness” to be back in full-force and worse than ever.
Traditional advice for warding off the nausea that is so often associated with pregnancy includes things like eating crackers before getting out of bed, limiting spicy foods and sticking to plain carbohydrates. When it comes to celiac disease, many of those traditional remedies are often gluten-containing which isn’t something that will work for those of us on a gluten-free diet.
My last pregnancy with Bean was the first one I had that was gluten-free and it took some trial and error to find the things that would work the way I hoped when it came to reducing the nausea and vomiting, but this time around I’ve had some great success in finding things that work well for a gluten-free pregnancy.
If you’re in Canada, there is an approved drug just for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy called Diclectin. It works on a time-released way and you take it to help prevent the nausea and vomiting before it becomes a problem (verses just taking it when the nausea gets too bad). It’s gluten-free and I’ve taken it in my pregnancy with Bean and this one now with Pingou. It works really well and the dosage depends on how much you need it. I am on the highest recommended dose (8x a day) and it’s been a lifesaver as far as keeping the nausea and vomiting to a minimum.
2) Gluten-Free Crackers
The tip that we often see for helping to combat the morning queezy tummy is to have saltine crackers beside your bed and eat a few before you get up. Those traditional crackers are full of gluten, but there is a great gluten-free alternative that works just the same. The Glutino table crackers are gluten-free and have the same texture that I remember from the regular table crackers. I have a box on my bedside table and eat one or two before getting up and it really helps combat the “oh my stomach is empty and nausea is on full-force” issue.
3) Gluten-Free Multi-grain Toast
There have been many days where I can’t stomach much more than crackers and toast. Wanting to be healthy and at least getting some nutrients out of the little I can eat, I turned to Kinnikinnick Foods Multi-Grain gluten-free soft bread. It has a good amount of protein and fiber which is great for a pregnant stomach and you’re getting more nutrition out of the little you can eat.
4) Electrolyte Popsicles
There have been many days where I can’t even hold down water and I found myself quickly dehydrated. Once I found an electrolyte sports popsicle, things became a lot easier for me. The Chapman’s Sports Lolly in Lemon-Lime flavor works like a charm for me and is gluten-free. I know when people see the sports popsicle they kind of giggle because, what’s wrong with regular water, but for someone like me who can’t drink water all the time and Gatorade is out of the question too, this helps me not throw up while keeping a good electrolyte balance — it’s been a lifesaver.
:: What did you find helped you or is helping you with the nausea and/or vomiting in pregnancy? ::
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